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Quarter battery charges up with MacBook cord, powers your iPhone

Quarter battery charges up with MacBook cord, powers your iPhone

There's a mobile power bank device out there called Quarter. It's pretty neat. You may have been confused by what it does if you've already heard about it. Let me tell you what it's all about. Quarter is a battery, one that you charge up - fill up with power, that is to say - then stick in your backpack for later. Later, you take it out, plug in the cord that charges your iPhone, and let this battery power up your iPhone instead of looking for an outlet.

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R2-D2 reimagined as festive lawn ornament, wall charger

R2-D2 reimagined as festive lawn ornament, wall charger

Chief among all Star Wars characters is R2-D2, at least when it comes to gadgets inspired by the characters. We've seen the mech droid in many shapes and sizes, with everything from shower heads to teapots being available. If you tried hard enough, you could find a way to slip the droid into every room of your house. And, now, with the newest gadgets to surface, you get him in your laptop bag and on your lawn, too.

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Belkin Charge Dock charges iPhone and Apple Watch

Belkin Charge Dock charges iPhone and Apple Watch

Belkin has unveiled a new Charge Dock for iPhone users that has a nice additional feature for users of the Apple Watch. The Charge Dock has provision to charge both the iPhone and the Apple Watch at the same time. That means you need only one charging solution for both of your prized Apple gadgets. The dock will charge an iPhone even if it is in a case.

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WallJax is a floating wireless charging shelf for your wall

WallJax is a floating wireless charging shelf for your wall

Wireless charging is upon us, and if you've finally picked up a device that supports the technology, you're likely in want of an adequate charging base. No one wants an ugly wireless charger sitting on the end table -- something embedded would be a better choice, as would a charger that doesn't, upon first glance, actually look like a charger. WallJax is one such example.

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Belkin’s Travel Rockstar is a battery pack with AC & USB ports

Belkin’s Travel Rockstar is a battery pack with AC & USB ports

Belkin has just announced a new multi-feature mobile battery pack that just might come in handy the next you're on the road with multiple devices. Dubbed the Travel Rockstar Battery Pack + Charger + Surge, the device is not only a battery for charging on the go, but also a surge protector and a charger that turns a single AC outlet into two. Along with the dual AC outlets is a standard USB port, and inside is a 3000 mAh battery.

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Joe’s Jeans charge your smartphone on the go

Joe’s Jeans charge your smartphone on the go

Carrying your smartphone in the back packet of your jeans is something that lots of people do. The problem is that not only can you damage your smartphone doing that, but you can ruin your jeans too. A company called Joe's Jeans has unveiled a new type of jeans that has a special pocket just for your smartphone.

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This toaster is actually a charging station for mobile devices

This toaster is actually a charging station for mobile devices

When you really think about it, a toaster would make a great charging station for mobile devices. You could drop multiple phones or mid-size tablets into it, it would keep gadgets standing upright and away from spills and heavy objects being set on top, and it could bake your device to that perfect level of crisp. Well, maybe that last feature wouldn't be so great, but the rest would! The makers of the Foaster probably thought the same, as they came up with a multi-device charging station that looks just like the everyday kitchen appliance.

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Znaps magnetic adapter makes charging a snap

Znaps magnetic adapter makes charging a snap

One of the coolest little features that Apple throws at the MacBook is the magnetic power adapter. That means you don't actually have a plug that you have to push inside an opening on the MacBook. The other upside is if you trip on the charge cable of a MacBook you are unlikely to pull the computer off the table or counter, the magnetic charger just pulls away. The Znaps magnetic adapter is very similar to that MacBook charger.

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KAIST wireless charging system can charge multiple devices at once

KAIST wireless charging system can charge multiple devices at once

The big black squares you see in these images below are a new wireless charging system that has been developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology known as KAIST. The wireless charging device is different from many of the others already on the market in that it has the ability to charge multiple devices at the same time, but that isn’t the only cool thing this new wireless charging system can do.

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ChargePoint Home makes charging your EV a bit smarter

ChargePoint Home makes charging your EV a bit smarter

Electric cars, whether pure or hybrid, are on the rise. And with that comes the need to have those charged in the most efficient manner. While EVs come with their own charging solutions, whether in stations or at home, ChargePoint believes there is room for improvement. Which is why it has developed the ChargePoint Home. The company calls it the most advanced home EV charger, and it seem to fit the bill. It has enough brains to connect with your smartphone as well as your smart home.

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Qi gets a wattage boost to support wireless fast charging

Qi gets a wattage boost to support wireless fast charging

The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the folks behind the Qi wireless charging standard, made a pretty big announcement. A new specification of the Qi standard now makes it possible for complying chargers to dish out 15 watts of energy. This is more than just a show of power. This figure means that wireless chargers will now be able to support fast charging, a feature that has so far been the domain of wired chargers. When implemented, this could very well strengthen the appeal of wireless charging systems in general.

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Pebble Time teased in Red, charger design done

Pebble Time teased in Red, charger design done

With the Pebble Time Kickstarter ending with a bang, all that's left is for Pebble to deliver on its promise. Being Pebble, there is perhaps little doubt they can pull that off too, but it's still a good thing to hear an update or two from them. Last week, they teased some of the software functionality of smartwatch. This time, they're going for a bit of hardware, showing off one of the new Pebble Time color options as well as the finished charger cable design.

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